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Asleep's Decade Retrospective Extravaganza

I was planning on putting in some real nerd hours and writing up a fully ranked 'best of the decade' type thing, before realising that I couldn't be fucked. List is instead an unranked assortment of records from the last decade, accompanied by me rambling about music. Will update as and when.
1The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt


Folk (2010) - This and 'Shallow Grave' easily make Kristian one of the best folk artists of all time in my book. Whilst I've not been as keen on his recent output, this certainly wasn't a bad way to start the decade.
2Nails
Abandon All Life


Hardcore (2013) - I adore all 3 of Nail's full length efforts, but to me this has been their best so far - abrasive and catchy, not leaning too far in either direction
3Whores.
Gold


Noise Rock (2016) - This record is huge. Check it.
4alt-J
An Awesome Wave


Indie Rock (2012) - Artsy tosh, but the good kind
5Drei Affen
Drei Affen


Screamo (2016) - Probably my favourite straight-up screamo record released this side of 2010, bashed out by a passionate Spanish trio who deserve all the attention they've been getting (and then some).
6The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms


Indie Folk (2011) - Hard to believe that it was only 2011 that these lads came in, took over the indie folk scene, spawned half-a-dozen copycats and pissed-off the rest of the music scene. Regardless, this still slaps.
7Death Grips
Bottomless Pit


Death Grips (2016) - Crazy the impact these guys have had over such a short period of time. BP is probably my fave of their varied discog. - unashamedly straightforward and a blast from start to finish.
8Frontierer
Orange Mathematics


Hardcore/Mathcore (2015) - A hypnotic wall of noise. Probably gave me tinnitus. Unloved is also a jam.
9TotorRo
Home Alone


Math Rock (2014) - One of the records that got me into reviewing in the first place (not that I've done that in a lil bit). Carefree and easy listening math rock - the kind you'd introduce to your parents.
10The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


Indie Rock (2011) - Easily the most ambitious and ridiculous project on this list, the Complete Colour Spectrum triumphs about as frequently as it falls flat. It's a gorgeous musical achievement certainly worth remembering, even if it is a bloated mess.
11Linkin Park
The Hunting Party


Alternative Rock (2014) - It fucking sucked when Chester died. The lads put out some bangers this past decade, topping off their already solid discog and only really losing the plot with 'One More Light'. The Hunting Party would be my top pick of that bunch, bringing back a heavier sound without regressing into the 90s.
12IDLES
Brutalism


Post-Punk (2017) - 'Heel / Heal' through to 'Mother' is easily one of the best 3-song stretches of the decade and 'Brutalism' is easily one of its best records. Shits on 'Joy...' imho.
13Iron And Wine
Weed Garden


Folk (2018) - Soundtracks to resting weary feet by the fire. In other news, 'Time After Time' fucking soars and 'Our Endless Numbered Days' turned 15.
14Ghost (SWE)
Meliora


AOR/Doom/idk (2015) - Ghost smashed it this decade; Meloria is their pinnacle (not their pit).
15American Football
American Football (LP3)


Emo (2019) - LP2's seemingly lazy attempt to recreate what made LP1 such a classic fell flat, but LP3's more ambient and (dare I say) mature direction is one I've certainly enjoyed dabbling in.
16Kids See Ghosts
Kids See Ghosts


Hip-Hop (2018) - As much Kanye tires me, the 'Wyoming' series was undoubtedly one of the most exciting musical 'events' in recent memory. 'Kids See Ghosts' and 'DAYTONA' are two absolute gems and worth a return trip.
17Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden


Indie Folk (2018) - Easily the most musically interesting and innovative of the wave of female indie-folkers that exploded in the last 5 years or so, seemingly post-Julien. Sepia-tinged, airy tunes.
18Ghost Mice
All We Got Is Each Other


Folk (2012) - A triumphant statement on death, still as potent today as when it dropped.
19Streetlight Manifesto
The Hands That Thieve


Third-Wave Ska (2013) - If this is the last things these guy do under the Streetlight moniker, I guess it ain't a bad way to go out. Ska mixed with everything and the kitchen sink plus yo mama. It slaps.
20Converge
The Dusk in Us


Hardcore (2017) - The boys have put out a fair bit of music over the last 10 years, though mostly not by way of new Converge LPs. AWLWLB and this both are both worthy additions to a legendary mountain of riffs. Here's to 10 more years; hopefully we'll get at least 1 new record out of it.
21The Story So Far
Under Soil and Dirt


Pop Punk (2011) - When I first started collecting records, this was the first one on my list. Whilst I've fallen out of favour with a few of my earliest purchases, I still find myself returning to this one. And 'Clairvoyant' was a fucking banger.
22Frank Turner
Tape Deck Heart


Folk (2013) - This is still easily one of my favourite efforts of the decade, even if Frank has fallen off a bit as of late. A whole host of anthems, mixed in with some slow-burners well worth your while if you have the patience.
23McCafferty
Thanks. Sorry. Sure.


Indie Folk (2017) - Speaking of 'The Front Bottoms' clones, enter the best in the business: McCafferty. 17 solid minutes of bitter relief.
24Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly


Hip-Hop (2015) - Another artist whose absolutely smashed it for the last 10 years. Poetic bangers.
25Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
High Visceral Pt. 1


Psych-Rock (2016) - Up there with King Gizzard as one of the most exciting rock acts of the last decade. Fantastic live act, too.
26Julien Baker
Sprained Ankle


Indie Folk (2016) - The artist and album that kicked off the female indie folk frenzy, at least on sput. Still holds up.
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